Ange Postecoglou hints that interesting Celtic tactical change could be here to stay

By Lewis Laird

July 15, 2022

Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou has hinted that a tactical change integrated in pre-season could be here to stay.

The Hoops have kicked off the summer with a 10-day trip to Austria and Czech Republic, spending plenty of time working on the training ground.

The Celtic support have also been given their first look at the Hoops for the 2022/23 campaign in friendly matches against Wiener Viktoria, Rapid Vienna and Banik Ostrava.

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There has been plenty of positives to take away from the matches for Postecoglou and the fans as preparations for the new season continue.

Of course, pre-season has also given the Celtic manager some time to work on the training ground, which was a luxury the club weren’t really afforded last summer.

Over the past two weeks, the 56-year-old and his coaching staff will have been working hard to build the squad’s fitness and bring in any tactical changes they may see fit.

One tactical change that some fans have noticed during the Hoops’ first three outings is the high positioning of goalkeeper Joe Hart.

When in possession, the former England number one was at times positioned alongside his two central defenders, becoming another passing option.

Speaking to the press, Ange Postecoglou has hinted that this tactical change could be here to stay for Celtic after having time to work with Hart and his squad.

He said [Glasgow Evening Times]: “Depending on the context of the game.

“Joe and the goalkeepers are getting used to our game plan. Last year, he came in pretty late and we didn’t have a chance to work on a lot of things. It depends on the context of the game.

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“There were a couple of times [against Banik] when h” almost got caught out but that was because of our sloppy passing.

“There is no denying, we want to be an aggressive team. To do that, it means everyone needs to be a bit more aggressive, and Joe or whoever our goalkeeper is needs to be a part of that.”

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One thing that impressed the Parkhead faithful last season about Postecoglou was his ability to rebuild the side and get them playing his style of football so quickly.

The former Socceroos boss spent most of his summer building his squad whilst playing crucial competitive fixtures, which meant the Bhoys didn’t have much time to spend on the training ground.

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However, this pre-season has been very unique for the club, and Postecoglou has been given the opportunity to work with his players uninterrupted.

It appears that the coaches at the club have been working hard to introduce fresh tactical changes which could help take the club to the next level going into the new season.

It will be intriguing to see if these changes are now here to stay and how much they could affect our game in domestic and European action.

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